A Strong Military Prevents War and Safeguards Commerce
How can a strong military prevent war and safeguard commerce? Read on to find out.
A Strong Military Prevents War
As Nathaniel Davidson explains1, World War II could have been stopped in its tracks had France intervened early. In the 1930s Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany, scorned Treaty of Versailles and rebuilt the country’s armed forces. At the time, the leaders of England and France were influenced by pacifism and attempted to appease Hitler. In 1938 English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared, “I believe it is peace in our time,” as he famously waived an agreement that he and Hitler had signed in Munich. However, only one year later, World War II began, making a mockery of the signed piece of paper.
Although Hitler could not be stopped by a piece of paper in 1938, he could have been stopped by a show of force back in 1936 when the French army was stronger. In 1936, German marched its military into the Rhineland, a region bordering Belgium and France, violating the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty was signed at the end of World War I and prohibited Germany from remilitarizing the Rhineland, thus providing a safe buffer zone from the Germans for those two countries. Any remilitarization of that region by Germany should have been considered a hostile act.
In 1936 when Germany marched in, France could have responded. As Davidson reports, “In fact, if the French had intervened, the German troops had orders to retreat. But instead, the French gave in and retreated instead. Hitler admitted: ‘The forty-eight hours after the march into the Rhineland were the most nerve-racking in my life. If the French had then marched into the Rhineland we would have had to withdraw with our tails between our legs, for the military resources at our disposal would have been wholly inadequate for even a moderate resistance.’”2
Pacifists today respond that we don’t have any threats like Adolf Hitler, but Danielle Pletka disagrees. In her article3, she identifies five major threats to the U.S:
- Terrorism waged by al Qaeda in Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
- Nuclear weapons proliferation from North Korea and Pakistan, with Iran, Burma, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt desiring nuclear weapons.
- China’s rapid military buildup with new aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, anti-ship ballistic missiles, and stealth fighters.
- Cyber warfare waged by Russia, China, and North Korea.
- Space warfare waged by China.
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann in their new book, Screwed!, provide details behind China’s military challenge to America’s influence over the South China Sea countries of Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. China has advanced technologically and developed a stealth fighter and an aircraft carrier and launched multiple vehicles into space.4 China has also developed the world’s biggest spying operation, using computer hacking as a weapon. They are accused of massive hacking attacks on chemical and military-related companies to steal technical secrets.5 They are also accused of hacking into the U.S. electrical grid, potentially “bringing our electrical grid to a standstill, paralyzing the entire country,”6 andcreating secret openings for future access.
A Strong Military Safeguards Commerce
The Marine Hymn begins, “From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli;…” The shores of Tripoli refer to the marine engagement during the First Barbary War (1801-1805) along the northern coast of Africa.7 Pirate ships from the states of Algiers, Tunis, Morocco, and Tripoli (the Barbary Coast) captured merchant ships and enslaved or ransomed their crews to provide wealth for the Muslim rulers of those nations. In 1801, Yusuf Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli, demanded $225,000 from the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson refused and sent a small Navy and Marine force to the area to protect American ships and citizens.8
Today, pirates still roam along the African coast, although not the northern coast of the Barbary nations but the eastearn coast of Somalia. In April 2009, Navy snipers rescued an American cargo-ship captain from Somali pirates9. In January, 2012 Navy Seals rescued an American aid worker and her Danish colleague from Somali pirates.10
International trade is vital to the U.S. and protection from pirates or hostile countries is still needed. With the many threats in the world today, a strong military is still our best defense.
To Read More
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Screwed! How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy—and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It (Broadside Books, New York, 2012)
- Nathaniel Davidson, Neville Boehner? RINOS channeling Chamberlain’s appeasement (Patriot Update, May 18 2011) Available at: http://patriotupdate.com/articles/neville-boehner-rinos-channelling-chamberlains-appeasement (June 1, 2012).
- As cited in Ibid.
- Danielle Pletka, Five major threats to the U.S., our allies and our interests (American Enterprise Institute, May 25, 2012 ) Available at: http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/danielle-pletka-five-major-threats-to-the-us-our-allies-and-our-interests/ (June 1, 2012).
- Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Screwed! How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy—and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It (Broadside Books, New York, 2012), 97.
- Ibid, 97-101.
- Ibid, 108.
- Marines’ Hymn, (wikipedia.org, 3/5/2012) Available at: http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/danielle-pletka-five-major-threats-to-the-us-our-allies-and-our-interests/ (June 1, 2012).
- First Barbary War (wikipedia.org, 5/13/2012) Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War (June 1, 2012).
- Hostage captain rescued; Navy snipers kill 3 pirates ((CNN World, April 12, 2009)) Available at: http://articles.cnn.com/2009-04-12/world/somalia.pirates_1_navy-snipers-three-pirates-bill-gortney?_s=PM:WORLD (June 1, 2012).
- JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER, U.S. Swoops In to Free 2 From Pirates in Somali Raid (The New York Times, January 25, 2012) Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/world/africa/us-raid-frees-2-hostages-from-somali-pirates.html?pagewanted=all (June 1, 2012).